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I have a rather ‘Magic’ announcement…

Hey hey hey, cake chums.

I do hope you are all having a good week so far.

I’ve gone all quiet on you again this week, but with good reason… I’ve been on the countdown to my birthday tomorrow! Yup, I have survived another year – goodness knows how!

But, having been sat on some rather exciting news for a fair old while now, I decided that today was finally the day to make a super special announcement…

Now you may recall that towards the end of 2018, I announced a rather exciting competition that I was running in collaboration with Magic Colours – exclusively for readers of Mr Baker’s Blog.

The team up saw us offering you the chance to win a prize that money simply cannot buy – the opportunity to put your own permanent stamp on the world of sugarcraft and win some gorgeous goodies in the process.

As I explained in the original post (which you can find here), after four years of development, Magic Colours are almost ready to launch the world’s first truly edible glitter – yes, you read that right, 100% edible, yet stunningly shiny and sparkly glitters that you can use on your cakes!

In that post, I also explained that the name featured on the test pots pictured above was merely a working title and that the Magic Colours team was keen to find a new and original name to ensure that people don’t confuse their wonderful innovation with existing non-edible products already available.

And that was where you came in!

Magic Colours exclusively invited the readers of Mr Baker’s Blog the opportunity to devise an original name for the newest and most exciting innovation to be added to the Magic Colours line-up!

It truly was a prize that money cannot buy, and as you can imagine, we had plenty of entries!

I had so many favourites – probably too many – including: Dazzle Dust, suggested by Michelle, Claire AND Karen; Glamour Glitter, suggested by Michelle; Glitter Magic, suggested by Vicki; Glitter, Glitz and Go, suggested by Carla, Deco Dust, by Rebecca Neale – see what I mean? Too many.

Luckily, choosing the winner didn’t fall to me. Instead, the Magic Colours team sat down at the start of this year and perused all of the entries, before deciding on their favourite.

They also loved lots of the suggestions, but they ultimately decided that Lynnette Russell’s proposal, Magic Bling, was the winning entry. They’ve tweaked it slightly, as is their wont, and the new range of fully edible glitters will be known as Magic Colours’ Bling Bling.

I must offer Lynnette the hugest of congratulations on her win. How exciting to know that every single pot of Bling Bling sold will be thanks to her awesome idea!

If you would like to get in touch via my Facebook page Lynette,  I’ll put you in touch with the Magic Colours team so you can claim your prize.

In the meantime, I also need to say a massive thank you to everyone who got involved in my latest competition, in partnership with Magic Colours, and my commiserations to those who didn’t take home the prize on this occasion.

I run lots of fantastic competitions here on Mr Baker’s Blog, so do stay tuned for the next one very soon. If you want to be sure you won’t miss it, you can also subscribe to ensure you never miss another post. You can find the subscription box in the sidebar on the right if you are on desktop or at the bottom of the page if you are on a mobile browser.

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It’s time for your weekly catch up!

Hey hey hey, cake chums and welcome back to another issue of Something Sweet – the weekly online magazine from Mr Baker’s Blog with all of the latest news from the world of cake.

Apologies for the early start this week, but I am off to the homeland today on a highly secretive cake adventure. All will be revealed soon though – well, if you’re good… 😉

In this week’s issue, we go behind the scenes of The Cake Retreat as it returns for its second year, I tell you how you can get your hands on a stunning tutorial from Sugar Street Studios and we check out a charming collaboration, celebrating 60 glorious years of Motown.

We also have a call to action from the international team behind the upcoming Sweet Impressions collaboration display for the Cake & Bake Show in Essen, Germany.

In the community section, we’re meeting another talented maker, getting well and truly wowed by the super-talented Floren Bastante and we find out who created this week’s fabulous Cake of the Week!

Also featuring Truly Scrumptious Cakes by Design, Lovin’ from the Oven by Corinna Maguire, The Cake Collective, Motown in Sugar, Helen Ducker Cake Design and Caked Away.

So, let’s get down to business and see what you have all been up to this week in issue 47 of Something Sweet.

You can find it by hitting this link

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Just another manic… Saturday?

Hey hey hey, cake chums!

I have a little confession… I am the master of procrastination (it used to be in my Twitter bio, so it must be true!).

I am supposed to be sat here writing the latest issue of Something Sweet, but instead, so far this morning, I have run some errands, swung by the post office depot and am now debating whether to whip up a quick lemon cake, shoot an impromptu Facebook live or head over to Amazon to buy all the goodies in my saved shopping basket… #thestruggleisreal

I’m also very aware that I haven’t posted anything this week – but it’s not through want of trying, I promise. I actually have my next post ready to go, but I’m just waiting on a lil’ brand contribution to finish It off. We’re working cross-time zones though, which always tricky.

Because of that, and coupled with feeling a wee bit under the weather this week, I hadn’t actually scheduled any other content. But I guess, if nothing else, this rambling post – about nothing much of consequence – will serve to remind you all that I exist, that I’m still alive and that I am kinda working on content… 😉

One of the reasons why I was debating a Facebook live is that this week has been a particularly busy week for my PO Box, with goodies making their way to me from PME, the darling Breda O’Brien of Crafty Designs and a couple more besides.

I thought it could be fun to do a live unboxing video (perhaps giving you a taste of some of the things you can expect from my upcoming YouTube channel), but when I looked at the current state of my cake room, stuffed with in-progress collaboration pieces, some demo-development projects, a pile of competition prizes that I need to send out (they will be on the way soon – I promise!) and just general mess and clutter, I realised it might be better to maintain the illusion that I am always super neat and tidy.

A photograph of my cake room.
It doesn’t ACTUALLY often look like this…

I really can’t wait to get cracking on my new much larger studio!

Instead, I think you will have to continue to wait a little while longer for my official launch video and I suppose I ought to get back to writing this week’s issue – oh, which will probably be published a little earlier tomorrow, by the way. I’m off to Cardiff for the day, for another highly secretive cakey adventure (all will be revealed soon), and so will be hitting that publish button before I hit the road.

But don’t forget, as of February, Mr Baker’s Blog will be becoming a lot more organised, with my regular content schedule coming into play.

As I explained a couple of weeks ago, the plan is to feature some new and original content every Tuesday, sticking to this schedule:

  • First Tuesday – a brand new recipe from Mr Baker’s Cakes.
  • Second Tuesday – a new Mr Baker’s Cakes sugarcraft tutorial.
  • Third Tuesday – an exclusive interview with one of our favourite cake artists.
  • Fourth Tuesday – a guest tutorial, created exclusively for the readers of Mr Baker’s Blog.

This will, of course, continue to be supplemented by my weekly online magazine, Something Sweet – published every Sunday – and ad hoc additional posts as and when I write them, featuring product reviews, event coverage, comment pieces and so on. These will also be joined by new and original video content from my YouTube channel and the plan is to upload once a week, at least in the beginning. I’m still getting my head around video editing, after all. This may increase in the future, if I get better at it!

But anyway, yeah. That’s what I am up to today. How about you guys? Who is madly scrambling to finish a cake due this weekend? Is anyway doing some ‘for fun’ baking (Oh, I miss that!)? And who is managing to have a cake-free weekend? Let me know what you are up to in the comments…

And don’t forget to come back tomorrow for the latest issue of Something Sweet from Mr Baker’s Blog – your essential guide to all the latest news from the world of cake!

I’ll see you then… x

 

Oh, and PS. In a desperately lame attempt to try and be more relevant to the yoofs, I have now (re)joined Snapchat – feel free to come and find me for exclusive behind-the-scenes peeks at upcoming content and projects, and probably a good few pictures of my cats… 😉

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